The damage make-up does to your skin




The damage make-up does to your skin

Most women find that they feel more confident and attractive when they wear make-
up, but are you aware that wearing make-up could damage your skin? In many cases,
your day-to-day make-up regime has very little bearing on the health of your skin, but
there are some instances when the make-up you wear could be harmful for your skin.


Allergies are very common; they are negative reactions to specific triggers. Common
allergies include dust, pollen and food allergies. Allergies occur when the body’s
immune system (the defence mechanism) mistakes something that is harmless to other
people as a threat; this triggers an immune response, which may result in symptoms
such as breathing difficulties, skin rashes, swelling and an itchy nose and eyes.

It is fairly common for people to experience allergic reactions to some cosmetic
products; there are two main types of allergy and these are irritant contact dermatitis
and allergic contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis usually causes itching
or a burning sensation when you apply a product to the skin, while allergic
contact dermatitis causes an allergic reaction, which is usually the result of a
specific ingredient in the product. Most commonly, people experience allergies to
preservatives or fragrances.

Skin conditions

Many people have used a product in the past and said it gives them ‘bad skin’; it is
true that make-up can cause acne, as wearing make-up clogs the pores, which means
that bacteria becomes trapped under the skin. If you are prone to acne, use specially
designed cosmetic products, avoid fragranced products and always remember to
remove your make-up and cleanse your skin. Avoid thick foundation and heavy
make-up, as this will clog your pores; if you are unsure which products are best for
your skin ask your doctor or a dermatologist for advice.

If you already have acne, using some products can make the situation worse; this is
usually the case with oil-based products and cosmetics that are heavily fragranced.

Avoiding skin damage

Many people are unwilling to sacrifice wearing make-up, but there are things you can
do to try and reduce the risk of skin conditions and allergies. It is a really good idea
to try and buy products that are suited to your skin type and to look out for cosmetics
that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, especially if you have acne-prone skin
or sensitive skin. Avoid wearing heavy make-up and oil-based products if you have
acne or spot-prone skin and always remember to take your make-up off before you
go to bed; even if you are desperate to fall into bed, taking 2 minutes to wash your
face and moisturise will do your skin the world of good and you will feel much better
and fresher in the morning. Cleansing your skin helps to unclog pores and remove
impurities from your skin, leaving it looking clear and bright and feeling soft and

Author Bio; Julie has written for many and is somewhat of an expert in her field of
skincare. She wrote this article for

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